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CNBC: Google's Brin Says Won't Pursue Facebook

CNBC.com
Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 4:10 PM ET

Google is not interested in pursuing an acquisition of Facebook, Google co-founder Sergey Brin told CNBC, though the entrepreneur left open the possibility that Google would be open to talks with Facebook if the social networking site made the first move.

Google executives "don't look at companies for acquisition unless they are really interesting," Brin told CNBC's Julia Boorstin. "I think they [Facebook] are doing well on their own," he added.

Google would not go after Facebook, the second-largest social networking site after News Corp.'s MySpace, unless Facebook came to "talk to us," Brin said.

Google has been widely perceived as the most likely acquirer of Facebook, which has already declined a takeover offer from Yahoo! , one of Google's principal competitors.

Howard Stringer, chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Corp., also expressed a lack of interest in Facebook, telling Boorstin that Sony is more interested in building up its Grouper online video site.

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